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"Archie" Debuts in Top Ten, "Star Wars," Secret Wars" Fuel Marvel to Top of July Sales

Archie Comics' gamble paid off in July as the debut of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples' acclaimed relaunch of Archie, Betty, Jughead and the rest of the Riverdale gang was the seventh-best selling title in the Direct Market for July 2015.

Overall, Marvel Comics remained the top publisher, as "Secret Wars" and "Star Wars" continue to be a winning combination. The event series' fourth issue was the top-selling comic for the month, with "Lando" debuting at #2. Several of Marvel's "Secret Wars"-related series also debuted in the top ten, including "Civil War," Age of Apocalypse" and "Guardians of Knowhere."

DC Comics' sole top ten title was "Batman" #42, which took the #5 position.

Graphic novel sales were more evenly distributed, with the final volume of Vertigo's "Fables" in the #1 position. The second volume of "The Wicked + The Divine" placed in the #2 slot and "Hawkeye" volume 4 was #3.

Monthly comics sales were up from June 2015, but down slightly over July 2014. As a whole, 2015 sales remain up over 14% from this time last year.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.43%

41.59%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

23.94%

24.30%

IMAGE COMICS

9.48%

10.72%

IDW PUBLISHING

6.60%

5.28%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.77%

3.36%

ARCHIE COMICS

2.28%

2.62%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.85%

1.99%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.83%

1.65%

TITAN COMICS

1.26%

1.15%

ONI PRESS

1.24%

1.19%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.32%

6.13%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JULY 2015 VS. JUNE 2014

COMICS

8.35%

3.46%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

3.88%

5.14%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.91%

3.61%

JULY 2015 VS. JULY 2014

COMICS

-4.67%

-8.22%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.29%

10.81%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.88%

-6.74%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2015 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2014

COMICS

12.64%

12.08%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.08%

5.18%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

10.25%

11.50%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

SECRET WARS #4

$3.99

APR150697-M

MAR

2

STAR WARS: LANDO #1

$3.99

MAY150764-M

MAR

3

CIVIL WAR #1

$4.99

MAY150682-M

MAR

4

STAR WARS #7

$3.99

MAY150775-M

MAR

5

BATMAN #42

$3.99

MAY150192-M

DC

6

DARTH VADER #7

$3.99

APR150858-M

MAR

7

ARCHIE #1

$3.99

APR151026-M

ARC

8

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #2

$3.99

APR150758-M

MAR

9

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1

$4.99

MAY150692-M

MAR

10

GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE #1

$3.99

APR150830-M

MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

FABLES VOLUME 22 TP (MR)

$17.99

APR150316

DC

2

THE WICKED & THE DIVINE VOL. 2: FANDEMONIUM TP (MR)

$14.99

APR150619

IMA

3

HAWKEYE VOLUME 4: RIO BRAVO TP

$17.99

OCT140937

MAR

4

RED SONJA #1973

$7.99

MAY151220

DE

5

BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN TP

$19.99

APR150289

DC

6

AUTUMNLANDS VOL. 1: TOOTH & CLAW TP (MR)

$9.99

APR150573

IMA

7

DIVINITY TP

$9.99

MAY151625

VAL

8

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 1: PURE INSANITY TP

$16.99

APR150302

DC

9

CIVIL WAR TP

$24.99

JAN072436

MAR

10

BATMAN ETERNAL VOLUME 2 TP

$39.99

APR150286

DC

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